When I was in eighth grade, I had to choose the elective I would take as a freshman in high school. If it hadn't been for my friend who said to me, "Let's take journalism together," I would not be where I am today.
Fourteen-year-old me was a follower, someone who would agree to take a class just because her friends suggested it. As soon as I began writing for my high school newspaper, The Dart, I became a leader. I have always been a writer. Learning about journalism taught me that words can be not just a creative outlet or something I do for fun, but can influence others, incite action in individuals and communities and have changed the course of history.
I am a graduate of Marquette University, with a BA in journalism and a minor in history. I am from Kansas City, Mo. but I love to travel and explore. During my time at Marquette, I had the amazing opportunities to explore places like Washington, DC and the beautiful country of Morocco. In the words of one of my favorite musicians, "It's a wild world." I can't wait to see where in this wild, beautiful world my life takes me.
I spent a year after graduating as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, teaching 6th grade at a middle school in Brooklyn and living simply and in intentional community with five other beautiful volunteers. Former Jesuit Volunteers often describe themselves as "ruined for life," after their experience. I couldn't agree more.
I still live and work in Brooklyn. Occasionally I have thoughts and feel the need to share them publicly. That's what I do here. Welcome!